Haruki Murakami, an alumnus of Waseda University and world-renowned author, has generously donated a collection of extremely valuable materials to Waseda University including a number of his publications, handwritten manuscripts, scrapbooks of reviews, and huge record collection. Murakami continues to contribute to the development of literature in Japan and is well-known abroad, with his works appearing in translation in over 50 countries. In light of his donation, Waseda University will be opening the Haruki Murakami Library in April 2021 as an international research center for scholars of Haruki Murakami, international literature, and literature in translation.
Accordingly, in October 2019, we launched our fundraising campaign for the Haruki Murakami Library in order to sustain the operation of the research center and to continuously advance research and projects of all kinds as well as promote international research in literature. For this fundraising campaign, we would like to ask for the support of not only our alumni but also of everyone who loves the work of Haruki Murakami.